Ricardo Rodriguez’s fascination with the growth of cities has inspired him to blend social and cultural influences with art and architecture in the redevelopment of urban neighborhoods.
His innate sensitivity to design brings a rigorous energy to the design process that challenges the firm’s culture and expands their sensibilities. Ricardo artfully blends client and user ideas with the site context, program, and site specifics to establish a well-defined conceptual framework.
Ricardo believes that the process of discovering how a community originally came together can inspire new directions and redevelopment. His respect for culture and history enables him to achieve permanence in his own design. With over 27 years of experience, his most basic influence stems from his upbringing in affordable housing. His philosophy on revitalizing communities is simple – in order to change the way people live, you must first change the environment. His strongest efforts have been in the areas of urban design – specifically how a pedestrian engages with buildings and the ideals of “place making.”
A graduate of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a Bachelor of Architecture, Ricardo’s passion for architecture is always tempered with a keen awareness of real-world obstacles. He instinctively knows that projects need to be built on time and within reasonable budgets. In 1996, Ricardo co-founded Quatro Design Group and brought to the firm a strong sense of design in the Housing, Commercial and Institutional Markets.